Every dog lover wants their pet smelling good and staying clean for the sake of remaining healthy and for public appreciation. Dogs need occasional baths, and there are plenty of shampoos available at pet stores to wash even the non-shedding dogs. However, with the summer months impending, the heat can form pesky ticks and irritating fleas in dogs that remain unclean. No matter how much you wash them, they are bound to get them sooner or later. The threat of your four-legged pal is at risk along with yours when it comes to these nasty parasites that inhibit the furs of these canines. To restore and secure the health and well-being of a dog, these fleas must be removed immediately or prevented from appearing on a dog.
For precautionary measures of encountering a full-blown flea infestation of a dog, you must consider shampooing the dog with a flea shampoo. Although these are widely available in pet stores, most of these shampoos have led to flakiness and itchy skin for dogs with sensitive skins. This is because these commercial flea shampoos contain pyrethrin, which is a toxic pesticide. The harmful chemical can lead to overdose for the pet, which has been the main reason behind thousands of pets being hospitalized every year by poisoning. Other issues of commercial flea shampoos include hair loss and skin irritation that need veterinary attention. For this reason, we recommend trying a homemade flea shampoo, which isn’t just safe but also, very effective in the removal of fleas.
Making your own flea shampoo for dogs is very easy. It is also safe to use on dogs of all ages and breeds. Follow these steps to learn how you can make the shampoo for your beloved pet at home and say good-bye to those horrid fleas!
- 1 cup liquid dish washing soap or baby shampoo
- 1 cup white vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar)
- 1 quart water
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- Mix the liquid dish washing soap (or baby shampoo), the vinegar, and water in a large bowl and the transfer it into a clean and empty squeeze bottle. Shake the bottle before use.
- Apply it to the dog while giving them a bath as regular shampoo and let it sit in the dog hair for 5 minutes before washing it off. Rub the shampoo on well, forming foamy bubbles to work its magic.
- Rinse the dog with warm water. Fully remove the shampoo from their hair. Towel dry the dog and brush their fur.
Additional tips for fleas in dogs:
- You can also use Dawn dish soap to get rid of the fleas in your dog. The oils in this dish washing soap have proven to suffocate fleas in dogs.
- Start by washing the neck first to keep the fleas from going up to the dog’s face.
- Use a flea comb in the dog while it waits for those 5 minutes with the flea shampoo on.
- Remove all the fleas that reach the dogs ears, nose and eyes. This should be done by hand.
- Keep your dog clean and bathed during the summers to avoid fleas from entering their furs. Avoid their contact with unclean dogs around the neighborhood. You should also comb the fur of the dog regularly. This will avoid knots to form as well.
- If the dog has caught fleas, try to keep young children away.
- Disinfect the house if you have infants in the house.
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